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Strategic leadership education for municipal and county elected officials. The School of Government, in partnership with the League and the N.C. Association of County Commissioners, announce the Local Elected Leaders Academy. Through this educational program, municipal and county elected officials will gain the knowledge and skills they need to lead and govern their communities in the 21st century.

Scholarships: The Local Elected Leaders Academy offers scholarships to municipal and county elected officials to attend School of Government sponsored programs, workshops and courses.  Our generous donors include Food Lion, Prudential Financial, Local Government Federal Credit Union, and Progress Energy. Information about the scholarship application process is found at the individual course registration.

Recognition: By attending LELA events, elected officials earn credits toward recognition for their commitment to lifelong learning through the LELA Recognition Program. Questions about your credit hours can be directed to Rob Shepherd at 919-715-9767 or


Please check our calendar and the School of Government's calendar for upcoming LELA events.



Times are tough. Many cities and counties are freezing positions and deferring annual salary and merit increases. What can you do to maintain your staff’s morale during these difficult times? The School of Government presents an insightful webinar filled with practical ideas you can use in your organization. You will come away understanding what motivates people, ways to recognize and reward your staff, and strategies to improve morale. Presented by Willow Jacobson, Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government. UNC School of Government.

LELA Webinars On-Demand
2011 Local Government Legislative Review
Alternatives in Service Delivery
ARRA Compliance and Reporting
Budget-Balancing Tactics in Local Government
Delivering Bad News: How to Talk to Citizens about Tough Economic Times
Motivating Without Money
Navigating Bid Protests
Smoking in Public Places
Social Media for Citizen Participation: NC Examples and Best Practices
Where the Jobs Are in North Carolina



Cities, towns or groups that are members of the League of Municipalities' workers' compensation (W/C) or property/liability (P&L) insurance programs can now take part in free, online loss control safety training courses, thanks to a new program unveiled by the League.

Safety Catch offers 14 training courses, each lasting from 30 minutes to two hours. These courses are available to employees of those towns or groups that are members of the W/C or P&L programs. The topics are user-friendly, easy to navigate and no additional computer training is required. (Users must have access to a computer with Windows 95 or higher operating system, among other conditions.) In addition, training coordinators can easily track courses completed by their staff.